Porto Fino Dental

Radiation Therapy and your Dental Health

Are you being treated for cancer?

If   you   are   taking   drugs   to   treat   cancer,   or   receiving chemotherapy or head and neck radiation, you may be suffering from dry mouth. There may be less saliva in your mouth due to drugs and chemotherapy, and in the case of head and neck radiation, there may be no saliva present if the salivary glands were irradiated. In addition, nausea associated with chemotherapy can result in stomach acid present in your mouth eating into your teeth and causing dental erosion.

Insufficient or no saliva increases your chances of having tooth decay and cavities, and can also result in tooth sensitivity. The loss of minerals caused by dental erosion on your teeth also weakens your teeth, further increasing your risk of tooth decay and sensitivity. It’s important to replenish the minerals in your mouth that you would otherwise get from saliva.


MI Paste/ MI Paste Plusmipaste

  • Helps relieve dry mouth by restoring a “normal feeling” of saliva lubrication
  • Helps strengthen teeth against tooth decay anderosion
  • Helps restoreminerals (calcium and phosphate) that helpstrengthen your teeth
  • Helps sootheandprevents sensitivity
  • Helps buffer against acid

Saliva is your body’s natural oral defense system, delivering important minerals to your teeth to keep them strong and healthy. If you have dry mouth because of taking medications, you can suffer a mineral imbalance because of insufficient saliva. MI Paste™ / MI Paste Plus™ protects against tooth decay (dental caries) and cavities, and also relieves dry mouth sensitivity.


Call our office for more information on how to protect your teeth while undergoing radiation therapy! 

Dexter doesn’t know how to floss!

by Kelly Oliynyk R.D.H.


There were 2.8 million people who watched Showtime’s Dexter last week. Dexter is smart, good looking and you can’t deny he also has a great sense of humor. He is everyone’s favorite serial killer. Frankly, I have a bit of a crush on Dexter Morgan. I really love the series and watch it still every chance I get.  However, every time I see the intro I “CRINGE” not because the blood on the eggs, or not even the Death and dismemberment I am about to watch, but because HE is flossing totally wrong. I think to myself every time I see it, ““He is teaching thousands of people HOW TO FLOSS TOTALLY WRONG”.

So for anyone who would want to keep their teeth for a lifetime and live healthier; here is how to floss the correct way:

1.Floss one tooth at a time, don’t try to do a balancing act across your mouth.

2.Take about 18” of waxed floss (make it easy on yourself;please use waxed)

3.Twist floss around your middle fingers, NOT YOUR FIRST FINGERS OR THUMB!. Leave about 2 and half inches of floss between your middle fingers, use your first finger and thumbs to direct the floss between your teeth- see / saw it between the contact. Push against one side of your tooth wrap in a “C” shape. Slide the floss up/down 2 to 3 times,then slide floss up past the contact and do next tooth along opposing side. Then slide the floss out and twist around middle finger to use a clean spot. Continue around the mouth.

Should take about 30 seconds unless you have a bridge.


Or: Just have your hygienist Demo it at your next 6 month visit


Thanks for letting me get THAT OFF MY CHEAST, now I feel better



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